Pope Pius XII 4th Degree Assembly 0834

“Sir Knight” is more than a title. It’s an honor.

The need for strong role models has never been greater. If the sanctity of life, family values, and true religious freedom are to survive, democratic nations need greater commitment from people of faith. That’s what the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree is all about. The Patriotic Degree is the pinnacle of Knighthood. We live, serve, and protect the truth. If you’ve been a Knight for more than six months, and you are a Third Degree Knight in good standing, it’s time to consider taking your journey one step further.

Assembly 834 Events

Large image of (SKU). Click to zoom.Assembly 834 will be holding a raffle for a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 sport rifle. Please see any Assembly 834 member for tickets or call:

FN Dave Bender   330-527-3136

SK Mike Rogers   330-677-1277

SK Greg Leopold 330-719-1500


Please click on the link  for specs on the AR…811036




Our Veteran Christmas Party is December 17th 2014 6:00 pm  at Immaculate Parish in Ravenna. The hall is located at 409 W. Main St Ravenna. Please join us at 5:30 PM to honor our vets.


All 4th Degree Knights PLEASE read the pin directive attachments below:

Pin Directive 10-21-2014-1 VSM

2014 Flag Pin Directive Letter 


November 2014 Pope Pius Newsletter


January 2015_PopePiusNewsletter

February 2015 Pope Pius Newsletter




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History of the Fourth Degree 

The history of the creation of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus is directly linked to the social and political climate in the United States at the turn of the last century. It is in that light that the connection between the Fourth Degree and its Color Corps, that has grown to be the most visible aspect of the Knights, must be seen.

Little happened at this time because there was not enough wide spread interest in creating additional new degrees. The Order’s leaders balked at the idea of a Uniformed Legion for the simple reason that the cost for the “Uniform” was well over $100.00. They feared the “Legion” would cause an economical class split between wealthy and poorer members of the Order.

Following the Spanish American War, it was decided that there should be one new Degree added based on the principle of Patriotism. In 1899, Edward L. Hearn was elected Supreme Knight and he immediately appointed a committee to establish and format the new Degree to be given the following year.

In order to qualify for this Degree each candidate had to be a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in good standing for three years, and show evidence of distinctive service to the Order, church, and community. Finally the candidate had to have a letter from his priest stipulating that he had received communion within the past two weeks.

The first Exemplification of the new Degree was scheduled to be held in the Astor Hotel in New York City on February 22, 1900. However, there were so many candidates, the Exemplification had to be moved to a larger venue. Therefore the site was moved to the Lenox Lyceum. At this first Exemplification of the Fourth Degree 1,100 members of the Knights of Columbus, being in good standing “took their fourth.” The second Exemplification, held in Boston on May 8, 1900 saw another 750 Third Degree knights join the ranks of Sir Knights.

In the early years of the Fourth Degree, members met as part of their councils, mostly after meetings. In 1910, during a reorganization of the Order’s leadership, the first Assemblies were created. Additionally the position of Supreme Master was established to lead the Fourth Degree internationally. Vice Supreme Masters lead Provinces and Masters head Districts. This system has spread and flourished as Sir Knights not only serve their local Church through their service to local councils but also their joint efforts in these Assemblies.

The Honor Guard, first called for in 1886 was officially formed in 1902, for ceremonial purposes. Since that time, the uniforms of the Color Corps have varied, however all have shared the similar theme of mariners. Most noticeable in today’s current uniform is the chapeau worn with ostrich feathers.

In the year 2000, the Fourth degree celebrated its 100th anniversary with approximately 252,000 member Sir Knights!!!

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